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First Aid Information for Bee and Wasp Stings

Treating bee and wasp stings depends on their severity. The majority of problems that require medical attention come from an allergic reaction to the sting. In most cases, complications from that reaction respond well to medications — when given in time.

Home Treatment for Bee and Wasp Stings

Most insect stings for someone who is not allergic need no more than first aid given at home. Then you can avoid further stings by wearing protective clothing, using insect repellent, and staying out of infested areas.

Here are the steps you need to take after someone who is allergic has been stung:

  • Remove any stingers immediately. Some experts recommend scraping out the stinger with a credit card.
  • Applying ice to the site may provide some mild relief. Apply ice for 20 minutes once every hour as needed. Wrap the ice in a towel or keep a cloth between the ice and skin to keep from freezing the skin.
  • Taking an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or a nonsedating one such as loratadine (Claritin) will help with itching and swelling.
  • Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin)for pain relief as needed.
  • Wash the sting site with soap and water. Placing hydrocortisone cream on the sting can help relieve redness, itching, and swelling.
  • If it’s been more than 10 years since your last tetanus booster, get a booster within the next few days.
  • Most insect stings require no additional medical care.

If you know you may be allergic, especially if you’ve had a severe reaction in the past when stung by a bee or wasp, seek immediate medical help. Take an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or a nonsedating one such as loratadine (Claritin) as soon as possible. If you have been prescribed epinephrine (Adrenaclick, Auvi-Q, EpiPen, Symjepi, or a generic version of the auto-injector) for an allergic reaction, always carry two with you and use it as directed.

Medical Treatment for Bee and Wasp Stings

If you have a single sting with no allergic symptoms, you may require only local wound care such as cleaning and applying antibiotic ointment. Any stingers that remain will be removed. And you may be given an oral antihistamine to treat itching. The doctor may also tell you to use ibuprofen (Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain. If your tetanus immunization is not current, you’ll receive a booster shot.

With mild allergic symptoms such as a rash and itching over your body but no problems with breathing or other vital signs, you may be treated with an antihistamine. You may also be given steroids. In some cases, the doctor will give you an epinephrine (adrenaline) injection. Treatment may be started at the scene or in the ambulance by the emergency medics. If you are doing well, you may be sent home after observation in the emergency department.

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If you have a more moderate allergic reaction such as a rash all over the body and some mild problems breathing, you will likely receive injections of antihistamines, steroids, and epinephrine. Some of these treatments may be started at the scene or in the ambulance by emergency medics. You will likely need to be observed for a prolonged period of time in the emergency department or in some cases be admitted to the hospital.

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If you have a severe allergic reaction such as low blood pressure, swelling blocking air getting into the lungs, or other serious problems breathing, you have a true life-threatening emergency. Treatment may include placing a breathing tube into your trachea. You will likely be given injections of antihistamines, steroids, and epinephrine. Intravenous fluids may also be given. Some of these treatments may start at the scene or in the ambulance. You will be closely monitored in the emergency department and likely be admitted to the hospital — perhaps the intensive care unit.

With multiple stings — more than 10-20 — but no evidence of an allergic reaction, you may still need prolonged observation in the emergency department or admission to the hospital. At that point, the doctor may order multiple blood tests.

If you are stung inside the mouth or throat, you may need to remain in the emergency department for observation, or you may need more intensive management if complications develop.

If you are stung on the eyeball, you will likely need to be evaluated by an eye doctor.

Insect Stings | Johns Hopkins Medicine

The danger of insect stings

The 2 greatest risks from most insect stings are allergic reaction (which can be fatal in some people) and infection (more common and less serious).

Bees, wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets belong to a class of insects called Hymenoptera. Most insect stings cause only minor discomfort. Stings can happen anywhere on the body and can be painful and frightening. Most stings are from honey bees or yellow jackets. Fire ants, usually found in southern states, can sting multiple times. The sites of the stings are more likely to become infected.

What are the symptoms of an insect sting?

The following are the most common symptoms of insect stings. However, each person may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

  • Local reactions at the site, including:

    • Pain

    • Swelling

    • Redness

    • Itching

    • Warmth

    • Hives

  • Serious symptoms that indicate the possibly of a life-threatening allergic reaction, include:

    • Coughing

    • Tickling in the throat

    • Tightness in the throat or chest

    • Breathing problems or wheezing

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • Dizziness or fainting

    • Sweating

    • Anxiety

    • Hives over a large part of the body

What is the treatment for insect stings?

Large, local reactions do not usually lead to more serious generalized reactions. However, they can be life-threatening if the sting happens in the mouth, nose, or throat area. Swelling in these areas can cause breathing difficulties.

Treatment for local skin reactions may include the following:

  • Remove the stinger by gently scraping across the site with a blunt-edged object, such as a credit card, a dull knife, or a fingernail. Do not try to pull it out, as this may release more venom.

  • Wash the area well with soap and water.

  • Apply a cold or ice pack wrapped in a thin cloth to help reduce swelling and pain (10 minutes on and 10 minutes off for a total of 30 to 60 minutes).

  • If the sting happens on an arm or leg, keep the arm or leg raised to help reduce swelling.

  • To help reduce the pain and itching, consider the following:

    • Apply a paste of baking soda and water and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.

    • Apply a paste of nonseasoned meat tenderizer and water and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.

    • Apply a wet tea bag and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.

    • Use an over-the-counter product made for insect stings.

    • Apply an antihistamine or corticosteroid cream or calamine lotion.

    • Give acetaminophen for pain.

    • Give an over-the-counter antihistamine, if approved by your healthcare provider.

    • Watch the person closely for the next hour for more serious symptoms.

Call 911 or your local emergency medical service (EMS) for immediate care if the sting was in the mouth, nose, or throat area, or if any other serious symptoms happen.

Emergency medical treatment may include the following:

Preventing insect stings

To reduce the possibility of insect stings while outdoors, try the following:

  • Avoid using perfumes, hair products, and other scented items.

  • Avoid brightly colored clothing.

  • Do not go outside barefoot. Avoid wearing sandals in the grass.

  • Use insect repellent.

  • Avoid locations where hives and nests are present. Have the nests removed by professionals.

  • If an insect comes near, stay calm and walk away slowly.

If you have a known or suspected allergy to stings, you should:

  • Carry a bee sting kit (such as EpiPen) at all times and know how to use it. These products are available by prescription.

  • Wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace with your allergy information.

  • Wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants when outdoors.

  • Talk with your healthcare provider about seeing an allergist for allergy testing and treatment.

Symptoms, treatment, and home remedies

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Bee and wasp stings are common and painful. They are usually no more serious than this, but some people can develop a life-threatening illness.

The most familiar sting is from honeybees, but some wasps and other insects can also sting. Yellow jacket wasps are the most common cause of allergic reactions to insect stings in the United States.

The bee’s stinging apparatus consists of a sac of venom attached to a barbed stinger. The wasp’s is similar, but with a smooth stinger. When a bee or wasp stings, the sac contracts, pumping venom into the tissue.

The information below refers to bee stings, but it applies to stings caused by both bees and wasps. The symptoms, treatments, and dangers are the same.

Fast facts on insect stings

Here are some key points about insect stings. More detail is in the main article.

  • Bees, wasps, and other related insects can sting.
  • Pain and swelling are common symptoms, but these usually go away within a few days.
  • Bees leave a stinger that injects a toxic venom into the skin.
  • If a person develops swelling, hives, and breathing problems, they need immediate medical attention.

Share on PinterestInsect bites and stings are common and usually only cause minor irritation.

A bee sting is usually recognized by a sharp pain and a puncture wound or laceration in the skin.

The venom contained in a bee or wasp sting induces a local toxic reaction at the site of attack.

A normal local reaction to a bee or wasp sting produces the following symptoms:

  • instant pain at the site of the sting that is sharp, burning, and usually lasts a few seconds
  • a swollen red mark that can be itchy and painful
  • swollen and red hives or welts that may peak at around 48 hours after the sting and last for up to 1 week

Some stings may produce the following symptoms, referred to as a large local reaction:

  • extreme redness and swelling that enlarges up to 12 inches across
  • swelling of an entire extremity or limb, which may last a few days
  • in the case of multiple stings, there may be a rash, fever, nausea, and headache
  • rarely, swelling and pain in joints that appear after several days

Multiple stings can be fatal for children.

In some people, components of the venom can cause an allergic reaction.

Most reactions to a sting are mild to moderate and do not involve a severe allergy.

Share on PinterestSevere allergic sting reactions are treated with epinephrine (adrenaline), either self-injected or by a doctor.

However, some symptoms that develop after a bee sting signal a severe allergic reaction and need urgent medical attention.

Without treatment, anaphylactic shock may occur very quickly. This can be fatal.

Symptoms that may signal anaphylaxis include:

  • wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • severe swelling of the face, throat, or lips
  • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • stomach cramps
  • itching or hives in places other than the site of the sting
  • fast heart rate
  • sudden drop in blood pressure or weak pulse
  • dizziness or feeling faint
  • difficulty swallowing
  • confusion, anxiety, or agitation

If any of these symptoms appear following a sting of any kind, emergency medical care is needed.

Individuals who have experienced an allergic reaction to a sting in the past are more likely to have a reaction in the future.

They may carry a “bee sting kit” that contains an Epi-pen, an epinephrine shot. This shot relaxes blood vessels and muscles, helping the body to deal with the response while medical help is called.

Sometimes a sting can become infected. Consult a doctor if the area affected shows a pus discharge, or if there is an increase in the normal pain, swelling, and redness that was produced by the initial sting.

Most bee stings can be treated without medical attention, but some products may help manage the discomfort.

  • Aspirin or acetaminophen can relieve pain.
  • Sprays or creams that contain anesthetic reduce the risk of infection.
  • Antihistamine creams or oral antihistamines can help control swelling.

These products are available online, including oral antihistamines and antihistamine cream. There are a number of different brands to choose from.

These are also available over-the-counter (OTC) from a pharmacy, or they may be prescribed by a doctor.

If the local reaction is large, for example, with severe local swelling, oral corticosteroids may be prescribed for 3 to 5 days.

Someone who knows they are allergic to stings may carry an epinephrine injector. A bystander can help the person administer this injection, if needed.

First aid for someone who has been stung by a bee or wasp includes a number of dos and don’ts.

Do:

Share on PinterestWhen a honey bee stings a person, the barbed stinger is not pulled back out from the wound.

  • Stay with the person to watch out for any severe reaction that could develop.
  • Call for urgent medical help if there are signs of an allergic reaction.
  • Remove the stinger promptly if it remains. Honey bee stingers usually stay in the skin, continuing to inject venom.
  • To remove the stinger, wipe over it with a piece of gauze, or scrape a finger nail, piece of card, or a bank card over it.
  • Remain calm and walk away, as wasps and hornets can sting again. They do not usually leave a stinger.
  • Wash the site of the sting with plain soap and water.
  • Apply a cold compress, for example, ice wrapped in a cloth, frozen peas, or a cold cloth to reduce swelling.

Don’t:

  • Squeeze the stinger or use tweezers in an attempt to remove it, as this can cause more venom to be injected.
  • Scratch the sting, as this could aggravate the problem and lead to an infection.
  • Use calamine lotion, vinegar, or bicarbonate of soda. They will not neutralize the venom because it will be deep within the tissues.
  • Burst any blisters that develop, since this can lead to infection.

Call a doctor or ambulance at once if a person has signs of wheezing, swelling, or other symptoms of anaphylaxis, or if you know the person is likely to experience an allergic reaction.

See a doctor also if an insect sting leads to blistering, if you are concerned about swelling, if signs of infection develop, such as pus, or if symptoms do not go away within a few days.

Some practical steps can reduce the risk of being stung by a bee.

Do:

  • wear light-colored, smooth clothing that is not too loose
  • keep clothing clean and maintain personal hygiene, as sweat may anger bees
  • wear shoes
  • remove nests near the home, using a professional service
  • keep areas clean, especially where there is food
  • cover food containers and trash cans
  • use widely brimmed cups when drinking sweet drinks, as it makes insects easier to see
  • Use repellent products such as non-harmful traps, available for purchase online.
  • take care during activities such as garden trimming, which could provoke a nest

Don’t:

  • wear brightly colored and flower-print clothing
  • use fragrances, cosmetics, and toiletries that have floral or banana-related scents
  • wear loose clothing that can trap bees and insects
  • wear open-toed shoes

Where is the most painful place for a bee sting?

One researcher decided to investigate how different sting locations around the body compared on a rating scale for pain.

He selected 25 locations on the body and conducted an experiment on himself to rate the painfulness of a sting at each location caused by a honey bee.

He underwent three stings in each location, leaving 5 minutes between each sting for the pain to subside.

All stings were rated on a scale from 1-10, from low to high pain severity.

The eye-watering results, in order of worst pain first, were:

Share on PinterestA sting on the nostril comes out on top as the most painful location for a bee sting.

  • nostril (9.0)
  • upper lip (8.7)
  • penis shaft (7.3)
  • scrotum (7.0)
  • palm (7.0)
  • cheek (7.0)
  • armpit (7.0)
  • nipple (6.7)
  • abdomen (6.7)
  • middle finger tip (6.7)

The results were published in a peer-reviewed journal, but it is not known whether they have been replicated by other researchers.

Insect bites and stings – NHS

Most insect bites and stings are not serious and will get better within a few hours or days.

But occasionally they can become infected, cause a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) or spread serious illnesses such as Lyme disease and malaria.

Bugs that bite or sting include wasps, hornets, bees, horseflies, ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, bedbugs, spiders and midges.

Symptoms of insect bites and stings

Insect bites and stings will usually cause a red, swollen lump to develop on the skin. This may be painful and in some cases can be very itchy.

The symptoms will normally improve within a few hours or days, although sometimes they can last a little longer.

Some people have a mild allergic reaction and a larger area of skin around the bite or sting becomes swollen, red and painful. This should pass within a week.

Occasionally, a severe allergic reaction can occur, causing symptoms such as breathing difficulties, dizziness and a swollen face or mouth. This requires immediate medical treatment.

What to do if you’ve been bitten or stung

To treat an insect bite or sting:

  • remove the sting or tick if it’s still in the skin
  • wash the affected area with soap and water
  • apply a cold compress (such as a flannel or cloth cooled with cold water) or an ice pack to any swelling for at least 10 minutes
  • raise or elevate the affected area if possible, as this can help reduce swelling
  • avoid scratching the area, to reduce the risk of infection
  • avoid traditional home remedies, such as vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, as they’re unlikely to help

The pain, swelling and itchiness can sometimes last a few days. Ask your pharmacist about medicines that can help, such as painkillers, creams for itching and antihistamines.

Read more about treating insect bites and stings.

When to get medical advice

Contact your GP or call NHS 111 for advice if:

  • you’re worried about a bite or sting
  • your symptoms do not start to improve within a few days or are getting worse
  • you’ve been stung or bitten in your mouth or throat, or near your eyes
  • a large area (around 10cm or more patch of skin) around the bite becomes red and swollen
  • you have symptoms of a wound infection, such as pus or increasing pain, swelling or redness
  • you have symptoms of a more widespread infection, such as a high temperature, swollen glands and other flu-like symptoms

When to get emergency medical help

Dial 999 for an ambulance immediately if you or someone else has symptoms of a severe reaction, such as:

  • wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • a swollen face, mouth or throat
  • feeling sick or being sick
  • a fast heart rate
  • dizziness or feeling faint
  • difficulty swallowing
  • loss of consciousness

Emergency treatment in hospital is needed in these cases.

Prevent insect bites and stings

There are some simple precautions you can take to reduce your risk of being bitten or stung by insects.

For example, you should:

  • remain calm and move away slowly if you encounter wasps, hornets or bees – don’t wave your arms around or swat at them
  • cover exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers
  • wear shoes when outdoors
  • apply insect repellent to exposed skin – repellents that contain 50% DEET (diethyltoluamide) are most effective
  • avoid using products with strong perfumes, such as soaps, shampoos and deodorants – these can attract insects
  • be careful around flowering plants, rubbish, compost, stagnant water, and in outdoor areas where food is served

You may need to take extra precautions if you’re travelling to part of the world where there’s a risk of serious illnesses. For example, you may be advised to take antimalarial tablets to help prevent malaria.

Read more about preventing insect bites and stings.

Page last reviewed: 08 July 2019
Next review due: 08 July 2022

Bee or Yellow Jacket Sting

Is this your child’s symptom?

  • Sting from a bee, hornet, wasp, or yellow jacket
  • Over 95 percent of stings are from honey bees or yellow jackets
  • The main symptoms are pain and redness

Cause of Bee Sting Reactions

  • The bee’s stinger injects venom into the skin.
  • The venom is what causes the symptoms.

Local Skin Reactions to the Sting

  • The main symptoms are pain, itching, swelling and redness at the sting site.
  • Pain. Severe pain or burning at the site lasts 1 to 2 hours. Itching often follows the pain.
  • Swelling. The bee sting may swell for 48 hours after the sting. The swelling can be small or large. Stings on the face can cause a lot of swelling around the eye. It looks bad, but this is not serious. The swelling may last for 7 days.
  • Redness. Bee stings are often red. That doesn’t mean they are infected. Infections rarely happen with stings. The redness can last 3 days.

Anaphylactic Reaction to the Sting

  • A severe life-threatening allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis.
  • The main symptoms are hives with trouble breathing and swallowing. It starts within 2 hours of the sting.
  • This severe reaction to bee stings happens in 4 out of a 1,000 children.
  • Hives. After a bee sting, some children just develop hives all over or face swelling. Hives or face swelling alone may be able to be treated at home. But, at times, these symptoms can also lead to anaphylaxis. Be sure to call your doctor now to help decide.

Prevention of Bee Stings

  • Don’t go barefoot if bees are around.
  • Be careful in gardens and orchards.
  • Insect repellents do not work against these stinging insects.

When to Call for Bee or Yellow Jacket Sting

Call 911 Now

  • Past severe allergic reaction to bee stings (not just hives) and stung less than 2 hours ago
  • Wheezing or trouble breathing
  • Hoarseness, cough or tightness in the throat or chest
  • Trouble swallowing or drooling
  • Speech is slurred
  • Acts or talks confused
  • Passed out (fainted) or too weak to stand
  • You think your child has a life-threatening emergency

Call Doctor or Seek Care Now

  • Sting inside the mouth
  • Sting on the eye
  • Stomach pain or vomiting
  • More than 5 stings for 10 pounds (5 kg) of weight. In teens, more than 50 stings.
  • Fever and sting looks infected (spreading redness)
  • Your child looks or acts very sick
  • You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent

Contact Doctor Within 24 Hours

  • More than 48 hours since the sting and redness getting larger. Note: Infection is not common. It does not start until at least 24-48 hours after the sting. Redness that starts in the first 24 hours is due to venom.
  • Swelling is huge (4 inches or 10 cm). It spreads across a joint such as the wrist.
  • You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent

Contact Doctor During Office Hours

  • You have other questions or concerns

Self Care at Home

  • Normal reaction to bee, wasp, or yellow jacket sting

Seattle Children’s Urgent Care Locations

If your child’s illness or injury is life-threatening, call 911.

Care Advice for Bee or Yellow Jacket Sting

  1. What You Should Know About Bee Stings:
    • Bee stings are common.
    • The main symptoms are pain and redness.
    • The swelling can be large. This does not mean it’s an allergy.
    • Here is some care advice that should help.
  2. Try to Remove the Stinger (if present):
    • Only honey bees leave a stinger.
    • The stinger looks like a tiny black dot in the sting.
    • Use a fingernail or credit card edge to scrape it off.
    • If the stinger is below the skin surface, leave it alone. It will come out with normal skin shedding.
  3. Meat Tenderizer for Pain Relief:
    • Make a meat tenderizer paste with a little water. Use a cotton ball to rub it on the sting. Do this once for 20 minutes. Reason: this may neutralize the venom and reduce the pain and swelling. Caution: do not use near the eye.
    • If you don’t have any, use an aluminum-based deodorant. You can also put a baking soda paste on the sting. Do this for 20 minutes.
  4. Cold Pack for Pain:
    • If pain does not improve after using the meat tenderizer paste, rub with an ice cube.
    • Do this for 20 minutes.
  5. Pain Medicine:
    • To help with the pain, give an acetaminophen product (such as Tylenol).
    • Another choice is an ibuprofen product (such as Advil).
    • Use as needed.
  6. Steroid Cream for Itching:
    • For itching or swelling, put 1% hydrocortisone cream (such as Cortaid) on the sting.
    • No prescription is needed.
    • Use 3 times per day.
  7. Allergy Medicine for Itching:
    • For hives or severe itching, give a dose of Benadryl.
  8. What to Expect:
    • Severe pain or burning at the site lasts 1 to 2 hours.
    • Normal swelling from venom can increase for 48 hours after the sting.
    • The redness can last 3 days.
    • The swelling can last 7 days.
  9. Call Your Doctor If:
    • Trouble breathing or swallowing occurs (mainly during the 2 hours after the sting). Call 911.
    • Redness gets larger after 2 days
    • Swelling becomes huge
    • Sting starts to look infected
    • You think your child needs to be seen
    • Your child becomes worse

And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the ‘Call Your Doctor’ symptoms.

Disclaimer: this health information is for educational purposes only. You, the reader, assume full responsibility for how you choose to use it.

Last Reviewed: 05/01/2021

Last Revised: 03/11/2021

Copyright 2000-2021. Schmitt Pediatric Guidelines LLC.

Bee stings: How to treat them and when to get help

Getting stung by a bee, hornet, or wasp might terrify you as much as it does your kids. If you aren’t allergic to bee stings, a single sting is usually nothing more than an annoyance. It causes temporary pain, swelling, a small white spot where you were stung, along with redness and itching.

To relieve symptoms and prevent infection, it’s best to treat your sting right away. Hornet and wasp stings can be handled the same way as bee stings, but these insects don’t lose their stingers and have the ability to sting you multiple times.

Treating a Bee Sting

Everyone can follow the first four steps below to treat their stings. Depending on the severity of the sting, the last two may or may not be necessary.

  1. Get away from the bee and try to remain clam. Going inside will stop you from being stung by other bees in the area. Panicking can make your symptoms worse and harder for you to treat.   
  2. Remove the stinger right away. Taking the stinger out quickly can stop the venom from getting in your wound and worsening your reaction. Remove the stinger by scraping it out with a finger nail or a sharp-edged object like tweezers.
  3. Clean the wound with soap and water. Wash it two to three times a day until it’s healed to prevent infection.
  4. Apply an icepack. This will help reduce swelling and pain. Put a towel in between your skin and the icepack to avoid ice burn.  
  5. Use a topical cream or lotion such as calamine or hydrocortisone. It’ll provide relief from the redness, itching, and swelling. 
  6. Take over-the-counter medications. An antihistamine such as Benadryl can give you stronger relief from itching and swelling that won’t go away, and an acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil) can ease the pain. If you have any questions about a medication or the best products available to treat your symptoms, talk to a pharmacist.

Home Remedies Worth a Try

These remedies don’t have much scientific backing, but they work for some people, and fall into the “can’t hurt to try” category.

  • Apply toothpaste or freshly crushed parsley leaves to the wound to neutralize acid in the venom.
  • Rub it with a slice of raw onion to draw out toxins and prevent infection.
  • Crush a bit of peeled potato and apply it to sooth inflammation.
  • Use plain lemon juice or a paste of baking soda and vinegar to reduce itching.

Emergency Situations

Anaphylaxis, or anaphylactic shock, is a severe allergic reaction that happens to people who are allergic to something (like bee venom) when they get exposed to it. Symptoms can range from swelling of the tongue or throat and trouble breathing to loss of consciousness.

If you or someone you’re around shows any symptoms of anaphylactic shock, call 911 immediately. Things can get very bad in as little as 15 minutes.

People who know they’re allergic to insect stings should carry epinephrine injector pens (EpiPen®) to prevent their reaction from getting worse. Use it right away, even before there are symptoms of shock.

Aside from anaphylactic shock, there are other situations that can require special attention. For example, stings in the mouth, throat, nose, or ears can cause serious swelling. If this happens, watch the area that’s been stung and get help the minute symptoms become serious.


The information presented in this site is intended for general information and educational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own physician. Contact your physician if you believe you have a health problem.

How to Treat Bee and Wasp Stings—and When to See a Doctor :: Healthy Outlook :: Contra Costa Health Services

Friday, April 25, 2014

It’s April, which means spring is here. I love the spring — the flowers are blooming, the weather is getting warmer, and I get to enjoy spending more time outdoors. Of course, spending more time outdoors can carry risks. One moment you’re on a nature hike, the next moment you’re on a nature hike getting stung by a bee.

Yes, spring is not just the beginning of baseball season, it’s the beginning of bee-sting season.

All kidding aside, bee stings can actually pose a serious health threat. If someone is allergic to bees, a sting can be a life-threatening situation. In the vast majority of cases, though, bee or wasp stings are not a cause for concern—they usually just cause some pain, swelling, redness and itching at the site of the sting.

Dealing with a bee or wasp sting will obviously be different depending on your sensitivity. But let’s begin with the most common scenario in which a person has a mild reaction. The first thing you need to do is remove the stinger if you were stung by a bee (wasps don’t leave stingers behind). You can get it out with your fingers, tweezers or even the edge of a credit card. Remove it as quickly as you can in order to limit the amount of venom released.

Next, wash the affected area with soap and water. Once you’ve done that, apply ice and take an anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen to limit the swelling. If the affected area gets itchy—a fairly common side effect—you can apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to get some relief. The pain and discomfort should go away in a few hours. With a more moderate reaction, swelling around the site of the sting may persist for a few days and even grow larger.

There are also alternative home remedies that you can find recommended on the Internet like meat tenderizer and toothpaste. I can’t vouch for these remedies, although some might have some therapeutic value. What I can say is that ice and anti-inflammatory medication are what most people need to get better.

Sometimes, however, ice and Motrin won’t do it. In rare instances, people who are severely allergic to bee stings can go into anaphylactic shock, a potentially fatal allergic reaction. Signs that you may be having a serious allergic reaction to a bee or wasp sting include wheezing, swelling of throat and tongue, rash or hives, nausea, vomiting and dizziness. If you are experiencing these symptoms you should call 911 or seek immediate medical attention at the nearest emergency room.

People who have had anaphylactic reactions to bee stings need to get an EpiPen and carry it with them in case they are stung again. Users inject a pre-loaded amount of epinephrine with the device, which provides a fast-acting method for reducing symptoms of anaphylaxis. After using the EpiPen, people should still go to the emergency room as they may need further medical care and observation.

Now that I have contributed to adding bee stings to your list of phobias, let me emphasize that only a very small percentage of the population is allergic to bee stings and a sting is rarely fatal. So go out and enjoy the beautiful weather and, if you get stung, the odds are you’ll be fine—just monitor your symptoms to make sure you’re not having a serious reaction.

Healthy Outlook is written by the professional staff of Contra Costa Health Services, the county health department. Send questions to series coordinator Dr. David Pepper at [email protected] For more health information, go to www.cchealth.org.90,000 First aid for a wasp sting

21 August 2018

In the event of a wasp sting, know how to provide competent assistance, especially if the victim has had cases of a severe reaction to contact with insects. Anaphylactic shock, which threatens not only health, but also life, is extremely dangerous.

Often an allergic reaction occurs with the manifestation of characteristic symptoms.

What to do if bitten by a wasp?

Signs of a wasp bite appear instantly after an insect has stung. Help should be provided as soon as possible.

Algorithm of actions:

  • Inspection of the bite site for the purpose of diagnostics – which insect stung. If this is a bee, then you can see a sting in the wound. The wasp does not leave him.
  • Try to suck some of the poison out of the wound.
  • Disinfect the bite site with modern high-quality antiseptic preparations.It can be medical ethyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide
  • Give the victim to drink clean water to reduce the manifestation of intoxication. Water should be drunk further throughout the day. The fluid removes toxins from the body and improves overall health.
  • Place a cold compress over the bite site. You can use ice from the freezer or cocktail cubes, or make a lotion with a baking soda solution.
  • Drink an antihistamine, for example, a pill of fenistal, suprastin or diphenylhydramine (in consultation with your doctor).
  • In case of complaints of a lack of air, a feeling of heat in the body, it is necessary to remove tight clothing, lay the victim and provide fresh air.
  • If medically indicated, an injection is given. For example, dexamethasone or epinephrine is used.

A serious condition after a bite requires an ambulance call!

The victim may begin to suffocate, especially if the insect stings in the face or head, or even faints. Before the arrival of doctors, it is necessary to take the first aid measures described above.

We recommend that you stock up on special insect bites before the summer season. A wide range of quality drugs is presented in the Stolichki pharmacy network.

90,000 consequences and first aid – Medical Center “Lotos”

Acute pain and swelling are not the only consequences of a wasp sting; it can also be deadly.

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Abramova Natalya Nikolaevna

Head of the department of allergology-immunology, doctor allergist-immunologist

Have you noticed that there are many wasps? They are especially active in August. The sting of this insect is smooth, so it can bite several times in a row (unlike a bee, whose sting has jagged edges).

Acute pain and swelling are not the only consequences of a wasp sting; it can also be deadly.

Symptoms of a dangerous condition look like this:

  • severe edema that increases rapidly (especially the area of ​​the eyes, mouth, mouth, larynx)
  • severe swelling and pain at the site of the bite

  • abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting

  • wheezing, difficulty breathing, a feeling of constriction behind the breastbone

  • unstable pulse (fast or slow)

  • dizziness

  • loss of consciousness

What to do:

  1. If a sting remains, remove it with tweezers or the like. Just do not squeeze out the sting so that even more poison does not enter the body.

  2. Treat the wound with an antiseptic or, better, vinegar.

  3. Take an antihistamine.

  4. Apply ice to relieve swelling and pain.

  5. To get rid of itching, apply an anti-inflammatory cream (Lokoid, Advantan, Elokom) to the bite site, if it is absent – a gruel of baking soda and water in a 2: 1 ratio.

  6. It is necessary to drink as much water as possible in order to remove the poison from the body.

  7. Go to the nearest medical center.

By the way, the place where the wasp bit you must be left. Since, when bitten by a wasp, it secretes a special enzyme that attracts other individuals.

Bites to the face and neck are especially dangerous – they can lead to swelling of the tongue and larynx.

Allergy sufferers should always be on the lookout and carry a first aid kit with an allergy kit containing adrenaline. It could save your life!

What to do if bitten by a wasp or bee

What to do if bitten by a wasp or bee – first aid:

The pain from an insect bite is hard not to notice, which means you know where you were bitten and you can take action measures and give yourself first aid for a bee or wasp sting.Please note that these tips will come in handy if you have one bite, if you have multiple stings of bees or wasps, go to the hospital immediately! Examine the wound to determine who bit you. Only bees leave a sting, so if you are bitten by a wasp, do not try to find the sting. You may need the following items: tweezers, a needle, or other tool to remove the sting; alcohol, iodine, brilliant green, hydrogen peroxide, furacilin solution, soap to disinfect the site of a bee or wasp sting; antihistamines – supradin, claritin, zodak, erius or other drugs (read dosage and contraindications).So, if you have been bitten by a bee or a wasp, you must: thoroughly rinse the bite site to wash off the dirt and the remains of the poison; carefully pull out the sting so that the poison does not continue to spread; before the procedure, hands must be washed, and the instrument must be disinfected; disinfect the wound itself; apply a cold compress; take any antihistamine, even if you have not had any previous allergic reactions to anything. If you are bitten by a wasp or a bee, you are stressed, so you need to lie down and be in a lying position for a while.Drink as much liquid as possible until the swelling from a bee or wasp sting has subsided. Hot sweet tea or sweetened water is recommended for sufferers of a bee or wasp sting. Be aware that pain, redness, and swelling from a wasp or bee sting usually go away after a few hours. If you are stung in the face, the swelling can last for about two days.

If bitten by a wasp or bee – folk remedies:

Alcohol should not be used after a wasp or bee sting, as this will lead to increased edema.The bite site can be treated with parsley – knead the parsley leaf and grease the bite site with juice; you can also process the fresh urine of a healthy person – it is sterile, therefore, it is often practiced in the folk treatment of bites, scratches, burns; do not forget that bee venom and wasp venom differ in their basis, wasp venom is neutralized with lemon juice, and bee venom with ordinary liquid soap; will help soothe sour pain – try applying sour berries, sorrel, lemon, vinegar compress; pain is also relieved by dandelion milky juice; lotions from tea, ice, aloe juice, onions, parsley, plantain will also help relieve swelling; a piece of sugar attached to the wound, a hot water bottle with cold water, an ice cube or a handkerchief previously moistened with cold water, and calendula tincture will also help remove the swelling.

What to do if a child is bitten by a wasp or bee?

If possible, go to the hospital immediately! After all, a child’s body is much more susceptible to wasps and bee stings than an adult. If you cannot go to the hospital right away, take action on the spot.

As already described, remove the sting, if present, disinfect the wound and apply a cold compress to stop the spread of the poison and relieve pain. If a child has been bitten by a wasp or a bee and signs of an allergic reaction become visible, for example: severe swelling, difficulty breathing, blisters and rashes, give the child an antihistamine in a child’s dosage (read the instructions for the drug), and treat the bite site with an antiallergic cream, it can help fenistilo.And call the doctor immediately or go to the hospital. Keep in mind that an allergic reaction in a child who has been bitten by a wasp is all the more likely if he has a tendency to diathesis, bronchial asthma and other diseases of an allergic nature.

Do not tempt fate if not one bee or wasp bit, but several. It is believed that if the number of bites is more than three, then a general toxic reaction may begin.

Be aware that if you are bitten by a wasp or bee in your lip, tongue or throat, seek medical attention immediately.In this case, the edema that appears after a wasp or bee sting, spreading to the entire larynx, can lead to suffocation.

So, it is necessary to go to the hospital urgently and immediately if: a wasp or bee has bitten in the face, a wasp or bee has bitten on the lip, tongue or larynx, more than three wasps or bees have been bitten. If a person has a tendency to allergic reactions, when going outdoors, always take antihistamines with you. In allergy sufferers, wasp or bee stings can cause dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, anaphylactic shock (blood pressure drops sharply, laryngeal stenosis occurs, the voice becomes hoarse), nausea, convulsions and even loss of consciousness.

To the general first actions after a wasp or bee sting, it is worth attaching the application of a tourniquet above the bite site. To prevent the drop in blood pressure caused by hives, the victim can be given 25 drops of cordiamine.

If a hornet has bitten:

A hornet bite is painful for humans, but the toxicity of the poison varies greatly depending on the species of hornets: some sting no more than many other insects, while some species are generally ranked among the most poisonous among insects known today.

If bitten by a hornet, allergic reactions to the bite in some cases can be fatal if the victim of anaphylactic shock is not immediately treated.

Consequently, the consequences of a hornet bite depend on the reaction of the stung organism. The venom of common hornets and most other species is less toxic than bee venom; the sting during the injection does not remain in the wound (however, the hornet can inflict several injections in a row). If the hornet has introduced a large amount of poison, then a rather serious inflammation occurs.On the Schmidt Special Sting Soreness Scale, the pain of a hornet sting is roughly comparable to that of a honey bee sting and is in the middle of the scale (moderately severe pain). Thus, the fear of the hornet is largely exaggerated: its bite is not commensurate with the size of this insect.

– If hornets are in the area, try setting a trap. Hornet trap: put sugar in a jar with a layer of about 1.5 cm, then stir it in water (150 g), then add beer, about half of the can.Close with a metal lid and make a cross cut in it, bend the edges inward.

Useful information:

– Know that a bee can only sting once in its life, it has a serrated sting that gets stuck in the layers of the skin and comes off, which leads to the death of the bee.

– Wasps, hornets and bumblebees can sting many times, as they have smooth stings, so it is better to flee from them.

The hornet that bit you must not be killed, as other hornets will immediately attack you.This happens because a chemical is released from the body of a killed hornet, which stimulates other hornets in the vicinity to attack.

– Wasps sting people much more often than bees. A wasp sting is much more painful than a bee sting.

– A hornet sting is comparable in pain to a bee sting.

– If a person is bitten by several dozen wasps at once, then a general toxic reaction of the body occurs. More than 500 bites are considered fatal.

Source: prokrasotu.info

How to behave when bitten by a bee, wasp or hornet?

Reaction to insect bites may be normal or allergic. If a person has allergies, an insect bite can become life-threatening. In the event of a bee sting, it is important to remove the sting immediately. it releases poison for some time. The more you delay, the more poison will enter your body. It is not necessary to pull out the sting of a bee by pressing with fingers or tweezers, becausein this case, even more poison will enter the body, and take a plastic card or the blunt side of the knife and hold it over the stung place. In case of an insect bite on the hand, it is necessary to remove jewelry: rings, watches, bracelets, etc.

Wasps, hornets and bumblebees do not leave stings and can bite again. But it is not recommended to crush these insects, because if a bubble of poison bursts, this smell will attract even more insects, for which it will serve as a signal of danger.

If an allergy begins, it can manifest itself in the form of suffocation, swelling of the face, shortness of breath, nettle rash all over the body, and a decrease in pressure.Anxiety can also be a sign of a severe allergic reaction. A frightened person begins to rush, his skin turns red, begins to swell, his pulse quickens and his head may hurt.

How to provide first aid to a person after a bite?

It is imperative to help the bitten person lie down or sit comfortably. If the person begins to choke, sit him down so that he can breathe comfortably. If he feels weak, dizzy, lay him down and raise his legs above your head.Observe and follow the signs of life of a bitten person: consciousness, breathing, pulse, skin changes. If the victim loses consciousness and stops breathing, give him artificial respiration (after 30 pressing on the chest – 2 exhalations).

For allergy sufferers, doctors recommend carrying an ampoule of adrenaline with them in the season of wasps and hornets, which can be administered immediately after a bite. If the victim has an automatic syringe EpiPen with epinephrine, the medication must be injected into the muscles of the thigh or shoulder.

If the edema spreads, and the symptoms worsen, it is necessary to call an ambulance or urgently take the victim to the nearest hospital.

Even a person who does not have allergies may be at risk of being bitten in the mouth or throat if he drank from a glass or can and did not notice the stinging insects that fell inside. Localized swelling from the reaction can block the airway, causing a person to become choked.

In addition, anaphylactic shock may occur, due to which the victim’s face may swell greatly and the voice may become hoarse.Therefore, you should not wait for swelling and drink antihistamines while a person can swallow.

How to reduce bite pain at home?

If you are not allergic, you will only feel pain, throbbing and stinging at the site of the bite. Wash the bite well with soap and water to prevent infection. There are many medications for biting and suppressing itching. If you don’t have them on hand, you can reduce itching at home with a toothpaste applied directly to the bite site.The paste neutralizes the poisonous acid secreted by bee, wasp or bumblebee venom. To relieve pain, place a cold compress (ice or frozen object from the freezer) over the bite and hold for at least 10 minutes. On the reddened area, you can put a handkerchief soaked in water, a napkin or a towel. The bitten limb can be held under running water. You must also take pain medication.

90,000 The Ministry of Health told what to do with a wasp and bee sting

How to help a person who has been bitten by a wasp or bee? The Ministry of Health told what to do in case of stinging insect bites – bumblebees, hornets, gadflies also belong to them, in addition to bees and wasps.

Specialists of the department report that even one bite of such an insect in a few minutes can lead to death if a person suffers from allergies. A person who is not prone to an allergic reaction can be fatal 500 bites, although there are cases with the lucky ones who survived even after 2000.

Doctors say that the less time passes before symptoms develop, the worse the prognosis. Typically, the reaction occurs within a few minutes (up to an hour). There may be short-term pain, redness around the bite site, itching, fever.Redness of the skin, the appearance of urticaria, limited swelling of the lips, tongue, sore throat, shortness of breath, abdominal cramps, diarrhea should alert the victim – these are alarming symptoms. Doctors include a grayish-bluish skin color, seizures, loss of consciousness, and inability to breathe due to swelling of the respiratory tract as threatening signs. It is because of this edema, when a person cannot breathe, that 40-60% of deaths occur. For allergy-prone people, doctors advise, just in case, to wear a medical bracelet or necklace, which would indicate their possible reaction to bites.For them, bites in the eye or mouth, as well as multiple insect bites, are especially dangerous. For others who are not allergic, bites to the throat are dangerous – for example, if they swallowed an insect that got into the food or inhaled a wasp that flew too close to an open mouth. In this case, airway edema may also occur.

Specialists of the Ministry of Health advise providing first aid to victims of stinging insects as follows.

  1. Examine the bite site to make sure no sting is left in the skin.It can only remain after a bee sting. If necessary, remove the sting, because poison continues to be secreted from it for 2-3 minutes after the bite. Pry the sting with your fingernail or the blade of a knife, scissors – do not squeeze the end of the sting protruding above the skin with your fingers.
  2. Wash the bite with soap and water or rub with alcohol.
  3. Apply an ice pack for 15-20 minutes to slow the absorption of the venom and relieve pain.
  4. Take analgesics (paracetamol) to relieve pain and itching.This is usually enough.
  5. The bite can be smeared with an ointment or cream containing corticosteroid hormones (hydrocortisone) to relieve itching and swelling. With early use, antihistamines (Diphenhydramine, Suprastin, Claritin) can eliminate local symptoms.
  6. Observe the victim’s condition for at least 30 minutes, paying attention to the development of signs of an allergic reaction. A victim prone to allergies can be given Prednisolone or other antihistamines.But doctors warn: antihistamines in tablets are best taken for prevention – they act too slowly, so they cannot help with a life-threatening allergic reaction. Severe allergy sufferers can be helped by “Adrenaline” (without a severe allergic reaction, it cannot be administered with bites) – the drug does not work for long, therefore, if necessary, it is administered every 15 minutes, monitoring the patient’s condition and recurring signs of anaphylactic reaction.

© Dr. Peter

Treatment of Bumblebee Stings and Allergies

Treatment of bumblebee bites and allergies

Provides information on bumblebee bites, tips to reduce the likelihood of being bitten, and information on possible reactions to the bite and treatment of the bite site.You can download a poster on bumblebee bites and allergies here.

Bumblebee, honey bee and wasp stings

Bumblebees are found naturally in many countries. In addition, bumblebees and bees are used as pollinators in agricultural and horticultural crops. There are various subspecies with different appearances, including different colors and patterns. In general, bumblebees are larger than honey bees and have more hairs than wasps.

Only worker bumblebees and queens have a sting, as is the case with honey bees and wasps. Drones can’t sting. The sting is a weapon for defense. When a bee stings, poison is injected into the wound through the sting. In humans, this causes short-term acute pain, which then goes away. Sometimes (in about 1% of cases) an allergic reaction to the injected poison develops.
The response to a bumblebee sting can vary.

Bumblebee or wasp have no barbs on the stinger. This means that a worker bumblebee or queen can pull the sting out and apply it again. The honeybee’s stinger has jagged edges. When a honey bee tries to remove a sting, it breaks out of the abdominal cavity along with the poisonous gland.

How to prevent bumblebee bites?

Bumblebees rarely sting. The chance of being stung by a bumblebee can be reduced by not provoking them and causing them to be aggressive. Above all, it is important to stay calm when working with bumblebees. Do not wave your hands near bumblebees, do not hit the hive, do not touch or hold bumblebees, etc.

Remember that bumblebees can react aggressively to odors such as alcohol, sweat, perfume, scented soap, aftershave, etc.In addition, rings, bracelets and watches (due to the oxidizing smell between the skin and jewelry) can cause aggressive behavior. Bumblebees are attracted to the color blue, including blue and especially light blue clothing. Protective clothing can reduce the risk of bites. Bumblebees can sting through clothing.

Did you get stung? Bumblebee sting reaction

Usually a bumblebee bite results in non-allergic local reactions: swelling, itching and redness at the site of the bite, lasting only a couple of hours. This can happen immediately after the bite, but usually starts after a few hours. The swelling and itching may persist for hours or even days. In some cases, a local reaction can spread throughout the body; in this case, it may take longer for the symptoms to disappear. This is still considered a local, non-allergic reaction.

Countermeasures for non-allergic, local reactions

No medical treatment is usually required.Measures can be taken to minimize localized reactions, particularly if the bite affects a sensitive area, such as near the eyes. Anti-inflammatories should be taken as soon as possible after the bite. You can apply a cold compress to the bite site. In addition, there are a number of antipruritic ointments (such as those containing diethyl-m-toluamide).

In rare cases, when the site of the bite is in the mouth or throat, the victim should be taken to the hospital immediately, because this can lead to asphyxiation of the respiratory tract.At the hospital, the patient will be given corticosteroids and kept under supervision.

Allergic reaction

In about 1% of the population, multiple bumblebee bites (or in some cases as little as two or three bites) can lead to an allergic reaction, also called a general allergic reaction , a systemic allergic reaction or an anaphylactic reaction. Since the antibodies formed during the previous exposure to the antigen are involved in the allergic reaction, the development of an allergic reaction after the first bite is impossible. An allergic reaction usually appears very soon after the bite (from a few seconds to half an hour after the bite).

Allergic reactions are divided into four levels in ascending order of severity:
1 degree – itching, redness and swelling (urticaria, rash) all over the body
2 degree – symptoms of 1 degree and bowel problems (vomiting, diarrhea)
Grade 3 – Grade 1 and / or 2 symptoms and difficulty breathing and / or choking
Grade 4 – Grade 1 and / or 2 and / or 3 symptoms and palpitations, fainting, anaphylactic shock (accompanied by dizziness, excessive sweating and chills)

Measures for elimination of an allergic reaction

If the temperature rises or a level 1 reaction occurs, consult a doctor. It may be necessary to follow the development of the situation. It is advisable to observe the victim in the hospital for some time, as the reaction may progress over time.

In case of vomiting and, of course, with symptoms of grade 3 or 4, the victim should be immediately taken to the hospital.
An antihistamine is helpful if an allergic reaction occurs. Antihistamine reduces tumors caused by histamine in venom. Corticosteroids may sometimes be prescribed. In the case of reactions of grade 3 or 4, you must first introduce adrenaline. Adrenaline stimulates the heart, constricts blood vessels, and opens the airways. Auto-adrenaline injectors are only sold by prescription, for example, if the patient has already had an allergic reaction to a bumblebee sting. Depending on local legislation, an auto adrenaline injector may also be available at companies that work with bumblebees.

Toxic reactions

Toxic reactions occur only if the victim has been stung dozens of times in a short period. General allergic reactions, such as cardiac arrhythmias or difficulty breathing, can occur in the nervous or circulatory system.In this case, the victim should be taken to the hospital for treatment and observation.

Hyperventilation

In addition to a severe grade 4 allergic reaction, hyperventilation resulting from shock can also lead to loss of consciousness. In such cases, you must also immediately call emergency medical help.

Increased risk

People who use certain medications (beta blockers) and pregnant women are at increased risk for allergic reactions after being bitten by bumblebees.

Allergy to bumblebees

If you have had an allergic reaction in the past, it may not necessarily happen the next time you bite. The chances are especially low if you have had a grade 1 or 2 reaction. The response to bumblebee stings can vary from case to case.Currently, a test using purified bumblebee venom can be done to determine if you will have an allergic reaction the next time you are stung. You can also use purified poison to desensitize.

Bee venom immunotherapy does not necessarily protect patients from allergy to bumblebee stings. This treatment is designed to reduce susceptibility to bumblebee venom. If you do not want to undergo desensitization treatment, you can get a prescription for an epinephrine autoinjector from your healthcare professional.It can be carried around and used to inject adrenaline into the thigh in the event of a bite.

Information for doctors

Detailed information on remedial measures for allergic reactions can be obtained from Koppert upon request.
For more information, contact your allergist or therapist.

Literature

A printed poster with illustrations can be ordered from Koppert. This poster is also available for download (URL).
Tip: Include on the poster the contact information for a doctor or emergency call.

This information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems as it does not replace medical care.If you suspect a health problem, see your doctor.

90,000 What to do if the cat is bitten by a bee in the paw, lip or somewhere else?

A bee sting always puts your pet’s life, health and well-being at risk. Even domestic cats are not immune from disaster when a bee or a wasp flies into the house. The cat’s curiosity and hunting instinct will most likely cause it to pounce on the scout, who will respond to the attack with a bite.If your kitten has an increased sensitivity to the toxins that are released during the bite, this can lead to much more serious consequences than a swollen paw. Here’s everything you need to know about treating your cat after a bee sting.

The bite can be dangerous

Most cats are not hypersensitive to bee or wasp venom, but if your pet is allergic, a bee sting can cause serious illness or anaphylactic shock.This threatens with a sharp drop in pressure and can lead to the death of the animal. For any signs of an acute reaction, you should immediately contact your veterinarian.

You cannot be sure that your cat will have a severe reaction, but immediately after the bite you should call the veterinarian and bring the pet to the appointment for safety reasons. Or the doctor may advise on home treatment.

Recognizing signs of a bite

In most cases, cats will show a localized reaction where the bite area is slightly swollen and tender.Often a bee or a wasp can sting in the face, usually in the nose, or in the paw. Check if the sting is still on the skin. When bitten, the bee leaves a sting with thorns in the body of the victim. Wasps, on the other hand, do not lose their sting, so they can sting the victim several times in a row, which increases the degree of threat to your pet.

Severe swelling, redness and pain are the first signs of an acute reaction. The animal may show that it is in pain, for example, it will begin to limp or hobble, meow loudly, or lick the bite hard.With anaphylactic shock, the following symptoms are observed:

  • Rash.
  • Disorientation or stumbling.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Pale gums.
  • Decreased body temperature and cold extremities.
  • Fast or slow heart rate.

According to the recommendation of the North Asheville Veterinary Clinic, you should also pay attention to other signs: fainting, shallow or rapid breathing, increased salivation, changes in behavior, mood, thinking abilities.If any of these signs occur, take your pet to a veterinary clinic immediately.

Bee sting treatment

If the sting is still in the pet’s skin, remove it immediately. The poison from the sting can enter the pet’s blood within three minutes after the bite. Use the sharp edge of a credit card to remove the sting. You can remove the sting with tweezers or fingers, but then you risk damaging the bag of poison that will enter the bloodstream.

After removing the sting, carefully observe the cat for an acute reaction.If she has a mild, localized reaction, call the veterinarian immediately. If the doctor advises against bringing her for examination, he may recommend antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine, which slows down the body’s response to histamines in the venom.

You may want to self-administer diphenhydramine without consulting a specialist, but be careful: some OTC drugs containing diphenhydramine may contain other ingredients, such as pain relievers, which can be dangerous and even fatal to your pet.Your veterinarian will not only advise on the safest drug, but also the correct dosage.

For mild edema at home, you can apply a cold compress or wrap a cold towel around the affected area. Under no circumstances should you give your cat an over-the-counter pain reliever that may be toxic to it. A strong pain syndrome in a pet can be a sign of an acute reaction. If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, you should immediately take your cat to your veterinary clinic or veterinary emergency room.

It is also necessary that the cat does not touch the wound in the future. If she’s been bitten in her paw, try to put her down so she doesn’t scratch the wound. If the cat is bitten in the face, it may try to scratch the affected area – try to avoid this. Combing the wound can aggravate the swelling and pain, so calm the animal and let it rest.

Bite prevention

Sometimes a bee or a wasp can bite a cat despite your best efforts, so try to keep these insects out of your home.Still, there are steps you can take to reduce your pet’s risk of being bitten.

If you find a nest or hive in your yard, call a professional to remove it safely. If an insect has entered the house, take the cat and all other pets into the room and lock the door. Do not open the door until you kill the insect or drive it outside. If your cat has cornered an insect, make sure it is safe immediately. If the prey is a bee or a wasp, move the cat away from the insect and lock it in another room until you deal with the raider.If you use an insect pest control to get rid of wasps or hives, make sure not to hit the cat as it can get sick or die from it.

A bee sting is not always a cause for panic, but you should always take it seriously. A quick reaction and close observation of your cat will help you save her life.

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